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Milwaukee Just Between Friends Sale this Weekend #JBFMilwaukee

milwaukee consignment saleIf you like saving money (and really, who doesn’t??), you need to make sure you get yourself to the Just Between Friends Sale in Milwaukee.

If you haven’t heard of Just Between Friends, it is a consignment sale where you can purchase (or sell)  kids’ outgrown clothes, toys, and gear.  Imagine getting everything from car seats to trendy outfits at up to 90% off what they cost in the store – you can totally do that at Just Between Friends.

Just Between Friends sales take place all over the country in select cities and we are lucky enough to have a HUGE one here in Milwaukee.  Located at State Fair Park in the Wisconsin Expo Center Hall C, with over 493 consignors  and a 55,000 square foot venue!

While it’s too late to sign up to sell your stuff (be sure to bookmark the site for the next sale in the fall though!), you can absolutely come out the spring sale and shop your heart out.  The sale runs from Sunday, April 6th through Friday, April 11th.

Below are the spring dates of the Just Between Friends Milwaukee sale.

Sunday, April 6th 10am-7pm $3.00 admission
Monday, April 7th 10am-7pm
Tuesday, April 8th 10am-7pm
Wednesday, April 9th 10am-5pm
Thursday, April 10th 10am-7pm (*50% off day)
Friday, April 11th 10am-1pm (*50% off day)

*Items with a star will remain FULL price! Consignors decide which items go half off.

State Fair may be charging for parking. NOTE this is State Fair and not JBF! You are welcome to park on the city streets or at the Petit Center and walk on over. Or bring your family and friends and split the cost of parking.  Print out the coupon below for free admission on Sunday, April 6th.

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Learn more about Just Between Friends – Milwaukee by connecting with them on their Facebook page, on Twitter, and on their website.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Just Between Friends of Milwaukee.  This program is in partnership with Real Mom Media.  All opinions are my own.

A Christmas Carol in West Bend, WI – a review

a christmas carol wisconsinI love having those holiday traditions that repeat from year to year. We have a number of them already: attending the Kapco Kids 2 Kids Christmas Toy Drive event (a great way to teach kids about giving) and enjoying the Luminary night festivities at my parents’ subdivision.  Last week, we were invited to a preview performance of A Christmas Carol up in West Bend at the Masonic Lodge.  After attending what turned out to be the best performance of this well-loved play I have ever seen, we will be adding attending this production as another yearly tradition!

I’m always a big fan of local community theater, and we are lucky enough to have a number of really talented folks in our local theater groups.  I had never heard of this particular production, although I have since learned that it has been around for a number of years.  I went to the press performance with a completely open mind and really didn’t know what to expect.

As soon as we walked in, it was obvious that this was going to be an extraordinary experience.  The set was unlike anything I had seen before. The theater is “in the round” style with two stages at either end of the hall and seats lining both sides with a large area in the middle that wound up hosting most of the “action”.  This had the effect of making the audience feel like they were in the play with the characters.  The paintings along both walls highlighted local businesses, but with a 1800′s feel to them.  The detail in the paintings was breathtaking!

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Once the play started, it was immediately evident that this production was going to rival any seen in Milwaukee (or even Chicago in my opinion!).  The actors playing Scrooge and Dickens were phenomenal and became their characters with what appeared to be effortless ease.  In all honesty, every single participant played their part with a convincing commitment that is often missing in local theater.  Even the children never faltered or broke character.

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The special effects added just the right amount of wonder and magic to the story without coming across as amateur or hokey.  Again, I have to stress how professional the whole production appeared and what a fantastic experience it was to witness!   Apparently I am not the only one who thinks so, as it is already sold out for the remaining five performances.  I do highly recommend bookmarking the website and stalking it to make sure that you get tickets to the 2014 performance!!

A huge thank you to the cast and crew of A Christmas Carol for providing my family with a truly magical experience!



One Direction This Is Us Movie Prescreening – Be My Guest!!

Do you have a One Direction Fan at home?  How would you like to attend a prescreening of their new movie, This Is Us??

You can attend as my guest at the movie prescreening event on Thursday, August 22nd at 7:00PM at the Marcus Majestic Theater (770 N. Springdale Rd, Brookfield, WI 53186). The flyer below gives you the code to use to grab two passes.  The number is limited, so get them quickly before they are all gone!! And leave a comment and let me know if I should look for you there!

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FREE Wisconsin State Fair Cream Puffs

If you love Wisconsin State Fair Cream Puffs and are an early riser, you are in luck.  Local radio station 620WTMJ is giving away free State Fair Cream Puffs tomorrow to the first 620 cars to arrive at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds (in front of the Petit Center) starting at 6 am.

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Me? I think I’ll take the sleep and just buy some cream puffs when I go to the fair!


Discover Boating in Milwaukee #FieldTripFriday #DiscoverBoating (sponsored)

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With Lake Michigan practically in our backyard, it is kind of amazing how seldom we actually go out on it by boat.  Most of the time we are boating and fishing on the smaller lakes inland.  LJ and I were looking for something local to do on a hot Friday afternoon and decided that a boat trip was in order.  Since I am in no way qualified to navigate a boat out onto Lake Michigan, we decided to take a cruise on one of the boats that offers this as a service.

After calling around a bit, we settled on the Milwaukee Boat Tour line and bought tickets for a cruise and some lunch.  We headed down and found easy (and discounted) parking just steps from the boat.

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What a gorgeous day to be on the water!  The boat headed down the Milwaukee River. The tour was narrated by a tour guide who pointed out several landmarks and shared some local trivia.

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LJ wasn’t all that into the historic part of the cruise but loved being on the boat and looking around at everything going by. He was a little dismayed at the color of the river water.

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You really get a very different view of the city from the water!

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Before long, we passed the break wall separating the harbor from Lake Michigan.  You could feel the temperature drop about 10 degrees as we sailed out into the lake.  The breeze felt amazing on a hot day!

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This is a view of the Milwaukee skyline you can only get from the water!

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LJ really liked taking a tour on a bigger boat.  He usually spends time on my father-in-law’s motor boat whole fishing the smaller lakes in the area.  We saw the high-speed ferry take off for Michigan while we were out on the lake and he expressed an interest in giving that a try sometime as well.